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Press Release 4th February 2019 Aintree




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The Jockey Club Live and Aintree Racecourse are pleased to announce MADNESS as the first act for their summer season, headlining an open air concert on Friday 17th May 2019.

Combining the genres of Ska, Reggae, Motown, Rock’n’Roll and Classic Pop, MADNESS have become one of the music industry’s best loved British bands. Fronted by the charismatic Suggs, Madness’ ability to write songs that sparkle with the stuff of British life, that find poetry in everyday reality, has lead them to have many hits including ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘It Must Be Love’, ‘Driving In My Car’, ‘Our House’ and the 1982 #1 ‘House of Fun’. They are songs that have left their mark on British pop culture; their spirit endures in the music of Blur, The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys and many more.

In the last few years they have also delivered historic performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert and at the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony, cementing them as one of the nation’s most successful bands.

John Baker, Managing Director, Aintree Racecourse, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Madness to the home of the Grand National next May and are looking forward to hosting a likely sell-out crowd at Aintree. 


One of the music industry’s most successful bands, we are looking forward to them belting out a set list packed with all their favourite and most popular hits from across the years.


Our music events are renowned for combining a fun filled evening at the races with a spectacular evening concert in an informal and relaxed open-air setting, so we look forward to welcoming racegoers to a great night at Aintree and definitely urge everyone to book early.”


The Jockey Club Live are leading promoters on the UK live scene, delivering spectacular line-ups of some of the hottest chart talent and legendary household names to some of the world’s most famous racecourses. The Jockey Club Live concerts at Aintree Racecourse are turning into a staple in the region’s social calendar and over the past few years have hosted thousands of fans of live music, with performances from artists including Craig David, Lightning Seeds, Jess Glynne and Kaiser Chiefs.

The events are renowned for combining a fun filled evening at the races with a spectacular evening concert in the informal and relaxed open-air setting of the hallowed turf.


The Jockey Club racecourses have world-class customer facilities, featuring an array of award winning restaurants that cater for all tastes, be it Fine Dining through to delicious bistro food. The Jockey Club venues welcome over 2million people a year for some of the UKs biggest racing events so you can be sure of a fantastic evening.

Tickets will be on sale at 8am on Tuesday 18th December via, with a presale available to customers at 8am on Monday 17th December. Tickets are priced starting at £36 for adults and £18 for under 18’s. All T&C’s are available on There will be hospitality packages available to suit all budgets.

In addition to Aintree, The Jockey Club Live will be hosting live concerts across Market Rasen, Newmarket, Sandown Park, Haydock Park and Carlisle racecourses next summer.


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The Jockey Club Live, contact Warren or Jenny at Chuff Media – tel. 020 8281 0989


About The Jockey Club Live


The Jockey Club Live is an innovative event entertainment promoter specialising in combining live music and racing. Since it’s launch in 2014 The Jockey Club Live has promoted over 100 concerts with a combined attendance of over 900,000 and was revealed by Music Week as the UK’s 6th largest music promoter. The Jockey Club Live’s vision is to bring the biggest names in pop music to racing events across the country; giving consumers an exceptional experience of live music and racing.



About Aintree Racecourse

Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year.  The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.  More information is available at

Aintree is part of About The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare. For more information visit


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